Thursday, May 03, 2007

Theatre on Kipawo ferry

The ferry I mentioned in the Extreme Makeover post is certainly not the only ferry to have plied the waters of the Bay of Fundy. Historically communities around the Bay were linked more easily by ferry than they were by road. (It's about a 8-hr drive around the Bay from St Andrews, NB, to Digby, NS. A trip across the Bay by boat varies from 45 minutes to 3 hours!)

One such ferry that still exists (at least in modified form as a dry-docked waterfront theatre) is the M.V.Kipawo. The "Kip" is now berthed at the edge of the Parrsboro harbour where it has been home to a professional theatre, Ship's Company Theatre for 23 years.

Over the years the company has enjoyed tremendous support locally, regionally and nationally. Ship's Company Theatre's season (including an awesome concert series) starts in early July and runs into September.

Since 1984 Ship's Company has commissioned, developed and/or produced twenty-seven new works as well as having given thirteen new plays valuable second productions. A number of world premiere plays have gone on to grace stages across Canada.

I've seen all but a couple of plays aboard the Kipawo. It definitely qualifies as a Bay of Fundy must-do activity!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just "happened" upon your blog...very interesting and really well done. Beautiful pics of the sea creatures!!
Donna Wicks
Edmonton, Alberta